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country i will. and he did this mussolini thing with his arms and then he just said, but i did not give that order and then we just said, wait saddam just calm down. >> former senior john knicks talks about debriefing the president the interrogation of saddam hussein. he was a realist in the use of power and in the way political power is exercised and in the political power game and i think that he saw that when you are in playing at his level, the president, the top level in the country, when you win you win big. but when you lose, you also lose big. >> announcer: sunday night at 8 eastern on c-span3's q&a. >> next the seven declared candidates for democratic chair taking part in a forum.
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they answered questions on expanding the committee's reach and boosting effectiveness in the 2020 elections. congressman keith ellison of minnesota and former labor secretary tom perez are among the speakers. >> good evening. >> good evening. >> come on, let's clap. we made it through the storm. [ applause ] >> welcome to democracy in colors, democratic national committee chair forum. i'm amy allison. we're so thrilled that you're here and along with our partners
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and inclusive we want to welcome you warmly here today. thanks so much for joining us here at george washington university for this historic and important conversation about the future of the democratic party. we want to welcome our viewers on live stream who are joining us from across the country everywhere from ohio to florida to california to nevada and we look forward to your comments, your photos and your perspective, we can follow along the conversation. we also want to thank our partners jessica byrd and the raven group for making tonight happen. [ applause ] >> and another note we have some voting members of the democratic national committee in the audience and we want to thank you for being here today for this conversation. [ applause ] >> we want to also thank you for
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your service. the words, the music and the message of the new america majority that's the multi-racial progressives that located and re-elected barack obama frame our conversation today, so to get us started i'd like to bring to the stage former nevada state assembly member and vice president of public affairs for me too lucy flor res. >> hello, hello. how is everyone feeling tonight? yes! this is fantastic. look at this turnout and i know we are reaching hundreds of thousands of people on our live stream not only tonight but afterwards as well and that's really exciting. so thank you all for being here this evening. me too is a proud, very proud media partner with democracy in color and inclusive because as a digital media company that strives to give voice to the
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200% those who are 100% american and 100% latino we know how important it is to provide access to conversations that effect communities of color. we produce don't from a latino point of view that resonates across cultures, across jenders and across communities. and at a time when multi-cultural youth are on their way to becoming a majority in this country, conversations like these -- that's right -- numbers are numbers folks, we are on our way to becoming a majority. conversations like these and access to conversations like these are more important than ever. in that spirit, me too is also very proud to bring to you raul a young man who has some powerful words to say about the power of words. [ applause ]
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>> in 1906 an earthquake ruptures the san ann dress fault killing an estimated 3,000 people. if vibrations can can break boulders and devastate lives then our words can split open minds and alter the geographical shape of its content because sound is vibration. our verbs are its earthquakes, so let's break the ground our fallen heros are trapped underneath it. leaders from being slaves. in 2010 an earthquake takes the lives of 300 thousands haitians. do not underestimate the herk uleeion. but your silence is the reason
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this planet is dying. so let's cause a roucus. if earthquakes can destroy lives, our voices can rebuild them. in 2011, an earthquake devastates duke sheema japan. i have been to the mountain top and i looked over and i seen the promised land. but the only thing in our way is a mute mountain so we crumble mountains, we crack rock without need aig pipe, just give me one word, one sentence can make the ground move like a tsunami. you can hear the words crack in the concrete, cracking like the blacks of rebels from the past, cracking like the blast that malcolm x.'s wrk. believing earthquake will would cause prekugs, the future, the future belonged to those who prepare for it today. so today i have a dream but my dream wasn't heard.
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today i have a dream, but my dream was deferred. today i had a dream about a king but the king wasn't heard, the legends are angry, the world is violent while we stay -- for every action there's an equal opposite reaction. if the action is division then the reaction is multiple i have indication. now this is just law. voices react to vibrations. vibrations react to earthquake so if sound is vibration, our verbs are its earthquakes so let's break the grounds our fallen heros are trapped underneath. leaders from being slaves, react. let's speak with talk like an earthquake, be like a rock and
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watch this granite planet shake. [ applause ] >> give him another round of applause. [ applause ] >> i can honestly say i've never come to a political event a forum like this opened so powerfully. we have such gratitude to our partners for bringing raul to this audience and again, our live audience, please, let us know you're there and shout-out from when you're joining the live stream. now, given the outcome of the most recent election, it's clearly a critical moment for the democratic party and our country and who leads us as chair of the dnc and the
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strategy of the party is going to be central to the success of gaining back power. so the road to tonight's forum began in earnest from the poignant analysis articulated in democracy in colors founder steve phillips book, brown is the new white. it said among other things and it challenged us to look at the power and the potential of the new american majority to lead the democratic party forward. the current president made raw appeals to white nationalism and steve is rightly stated unekwif caably the democrats lost because they did not know how to directly relate race. [ applause [ applause ] >> the fact is that people of color are 46% of the democratic party and those numbers will continue to go up and the reality calls for a new type of leadership and a new type of
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understanding of who the voters are and what they want in political leadership. steven his wife have been working on this nonstop calling for solutions in this increasing racially polarized climate. so tonight, we have a very unique opportunity to have an open conversation about how race impacts the path forward, like the great dr. reverend barber says, our task is to build a new language that pulls people together and explores new avenues to political strength, to save the heart of democracy. to hold race and class together as we not to cut across race but to cut through it as we find the solutions that perplex and challenge our nation. we have a deep belief that the next chair of the dnc must have the skills to lead and to
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organize a national dialog on race, on racial justice and on a multi-racial unity and this forum is going to help us to assess the readiness of each of the candidate you'll meet tonight to participate and advance that effort. so, we invite fellow democrats to use this opportunity to take real ownership of the party and to contribute to its future direction. we invite a new era of transpar ren sill and democracy in the democratic party. we invite an opportunity to openly discuss the structural and strategic changes we need to make to start winning. and so now it's my honor to introduce the first woman, first black woman ceo of the democratic national committee who had some historical wins
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diversity in terms of staffing and contracting and i want to welcome to the stage leah dougherty. [ applause ] >> good evening. >> good evening. >> my sisters and brothers, it is my pleasure to be with you this evening at the beheft of my good friend donna brew zel. and thank you allison for your introduction and thank you for democracy in color for presenting this gathering to us. in a month from now, the members of the dnc and i count myself among them will come together to elect our next chair and it is an exciting and pivotal time for us for our party, for our country. we've just witnessed the inauguration of a president who most americans did not vote for. we also just witnessed the
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powerful gathering of millions of women from around the world and men come together in solidarity and common purpose to send a message that the hard won rights of women and girls must be protected and advanced. these two events won on the heels of the other, one filled with sorrow and anger and regret for us as democrats and the other with full of hope and possibility give our party an important opportunity to regroup, to retool and to remind ourselves of who we are as democrats that we have a mission, a mandate and a moral obligation to work, fight and speak on be half of those who cannot work, fight or speak for themselves. to be successful we must reach out to every segment of the electorate and we need our next
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chair to understand that as the mission, the mandate and the moral obligation that it is. now o i don't like to talk about diversity because it seems to me that it's hard to quantitify. that's like taking a tea spoon of pepper and putting in a pound of salt and thinking you've made a difference. but you really haven't changed the quality of the salt. i prefer to talk about when it comes to our party, representation. [ applause ] >> i believe that our party's apparatus must be representative of the communities who made our parties strong and vibrant as well as the communities that we are trying to reach. top to bottom and bottom to top. staffing, appointments consultants, pollsters, candidate recruitment and fund-raising in every area --
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[ applause ] >> -- in every area at every level. we need, we must have and we demand to be represented in the party to which we have been loyal and which has relied upon our votes year in and year out. [ applause ] >> it is a challenge, but it is not impossible. and i know, because as ceo of the 2016 and 2008 democratic national conventions i achieved this goal. in 2016 my staff was 60% female and 54% people of color. [ applause ] >> and not only that, we set a goal of one-third of minority spending and we exceeded that reaching almost 50% my nort spending. [ applause ] >> so in front of the camera and
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behind the scenes, our staff was not -- our convention was not the best in spite of diversity but because of diversity, because we brought every voice, every community to the table. our diversity is not our problem, it is our promise. [ applause ] >> and with commitment, with leadership and with intentional direction, we can achieve these results up and down the ballot, up and down our party, just by having the right tools. so tonight we will hear from seven of the now 11 i think candidates who are running for chair of the dnc and we want to know tonight and we look forward to them answering the questions, what are the steps and the strategies that they will take to engage the new american majority. on consultants, who drives the strategy, determines the outcome? how will they choose consultants and strategyist for the party? on recruitment of new
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candidates, how will they build the bench so that it is reflective of the electorate and what is the plan to recruit the next generation of progressive leaders and on fund-raising how do we raise and spend dollars for minority communities? we look forward to hearing these answers. we are thrilled to have seven tonight who are qualified each of them to lead the democratic party into it's next iteration, into its future and we look forward to pointed questions that gets to the heart of the matter, no busy footing around. we want real answers about how party will move forward under their leadership. thank you and god bless you. [ applause ] and so without further ado we want an opportunity, i want an opportunity to invite our moderator to the stage, joy ann reed is host of a.m. joy that's
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on nbc on weekends. give her a round of applause. [ applause ] >> she is also -- she's also a columnist of the daily beast, an editor of the we are the change we speak. speeches of barack obama that recently came out. we're so thrilled and thankful that you're here. thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. [ applause ] >> thank you. all right. this is exciting. thank you amy. good evening, everyone. >> good evening. >> that's a d.c. good evening. it's so polite. i want to thank george washington for hosting this evening. my friend jessica byrd and gentleman malsimmons and steve phil lips this is an important debate. i think this is the central debate that the democratic party has to deal with going forward.
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without further ado let me introduce those candidates for dnc chair who are with us tonight. so let's start with congressman keith ellison of minnesota. [ applause ] >> there he is. all right. let's bring on mayor pete budachich [ applause ] >> raymond buckley. [ applause ] >> that's an easy one. let's bring on jamie harrison [ applause ] >> and now jamu green. [ applause ] >> and let's bring on the
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honorable tom perez. [ applause ] >> and last but not least sally boynton brown. [ applause ] >> all right. thank you all for being here. you guys can all have a seat. you've got some water there. so tonight i think what i'm going to do my sort of plan here is to break this up into a few sections and i will want to start off with the elephant in the room, the obvious. we just had an election in which democrats won the popular vote but did not win the white house and one of the core questions that came out of this election is, who should democrats be targeting going forward? pulled up some statistics here, we had african-americans vote for the democratic party at a rate of 88%, 88% african-americans voted for the democrats among white voters it was only 37%. among latinos and this number is
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in dispute it's 65%, or the trump got not 29 but some where closer to 20%. asian american voters 65%. one other piece of data about the election is that you had white voters with a college degree still favor the republican party. and only white women with a college degree favored hillary clinton but only really just barely. and despite the fact that hillary clinton actually improved on her numbers with white voters with a college degree and spent a lot of time courting those voters and really focusing on them, she still didn't manage to win that group and yet you still have and of course white voters without a college degree an overwhelming for donald trump more than 70%. let's talk about this debate of whether or not democrats spents too much time frankly trying to win over particularly white
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women voters and really failing to do that at the end of the day and whether or not the democratic party would've done a better job and would have been wiser to focus more time and attention courting voters of color. i'll just go actually -- i'll go in reverse order. we'll start with sally boynton brown. >> i think it's really point that we have a conversation of all the people. the idea of talking only to a specific group of people doesn't seem to work for us. we have one one thing in common, we're human. power is what will bring all of us forward. the democratic party needs to realize this more than anything else is that there are people out there who are not being heard and we need to make sure that we're bringing all of those voices together and that we stop sieloing power conversations into specific groups of people. the reality is the folks in our country don't feel like they're kids are going to have a better life than they had and that's an issue that we had to solve
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because if we don't solve it, nobody else is going to. >> tom perez. >> sure. i think it's a false choice to have to say that we're going to go to one community or another. what we have to do and what we did a poor job of in this election we didn't make house calls, we didn't get out there and persuade. you can't show up at a church every fourth october and call that an organizing strategy. and that's what we did as democrats. when we are there talking -- ted kennedy in 1980 at the democratic convention talked about the most important civil right for any person say job. and when we talk about jobs, when we talk about opportunity and the second pill ar of the democratic party has been that we've always taken care of folks who are in the shadows making sure that they get into the sunshine and when we pay attention to those two pillars that's how we succeed. and when we are organizing, whether it's in milwaukee or whether it's in rural wisconsin
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and talking about that message of hope and opportunity, that's when the democratic party is at its best. when hope is on the ballot we win and when fear is on the ballot we don't do so hot. that's why we need an every zip code strategy that's married around that basic message of economic opportunity and a party that is all about everyone, inclusion is our strength, diversity is our greatest asset as a country and we can talk about that everywhere, because when you talk about opportunity, we need to talk about are you lifting people up, or are you dragging them down? we sometimes get too bent out of shape, are you on the left, the right, the center. are you lifting people up or bringing them down? when we give people a job we give people that opportunity? when we make sure that communities have safe and constitutional policing, we're
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expanding opportunity. when we make sure that immigrants have access to the american dream we're expanding opportunity. i think that works everywhere. >> i absolutely agree with sally and secretary perez. i think that we have to do a better job as democrats engaging americans of all hues, jenders, generations and backgrounds but i will be very blunt. the dnc did a piss poor pathetic job of engaging young people of color in the 2016 election and we have to own that. we also did a very bad job of communicating intersectionality. sexism, racism, classism, homophobia all of this is connected and we did not make a better way of communicating to all of these communities that are effected by these issues. if we had then we would've turned out the white voters that are now getting the focus of the
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media attention and i think one of the things that compelled me to get into this race the possibility of overcompensating for those strategic mistakes. we cannot do that as a party. [ applause ] >> i have to agree with jamu. something we do quite often as democrats we ask this question, i just don't understand, how do these people vote against their best interest, right? it is because it goes down to one thing, it's about trust. voters in this country don't vote here most of the time they vote here and here and the problem that we have as a derm party we're always trying to focus on this and we don't focus on this. it's a question of trust. do working class people trust that democrats are fighting for them. do african-americans feel like the democratic party has their best interest. do latinos actually feel like we're fighting for them? you can go on and on with all
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the various groups. i used to be a teacher. taught ninth grade social studies, the most powerful way to persuade anybody is to show and not tell. the problem that we've had for the past decade in this party is that we do a lot of telling. and not enough showing. so if we really want to talk about how to we talk about millennials, we go to show and not tell. how do we talk to african-americans, don't tell me that you're criminal justice reform when the opportunity comes and you don't vote right on it [ applause ] >> we have to get back to connecting where the voters where we're showing them instead just telling it to them. [ applause ] >> i think you're going to hear a very similar story from all of us on this because we have spent so much time together this is our eighth or ninth time. we all understand what the challenge is. the reality is, though, how are we going to move forward? i think a lot of the
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millennials, a lot of americans were very upset and disappointed with the way the nominating process working out. not believing it was fair. we have to address that and make sure the votes of the people in each state is respected and that everyone is welcome. they know that it's a fair process. that their voices are heard. we need to completely revamp and reform the way the democratic party operates and is structured. we need to make sure that everyone feels welcome. nothing -- nothing made me angrier reading that story about our u.s. senators in the ridiculous percentage of african-american staff that they have. that is absolutely unacceptable. i'm not going to allow that as our chair. i would go and meet with each one of those senators saying, this stuff stops now. we need to make sure that the dnc properly reflects the diversity of our party. we need to make sure that our staff properly reflects the diversity of our party. we have to make sure nat contracts and all of those millions that we dole out
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reflect the diversity of the party. now we're all talking about how we're going to reconnect with the people in the communities and i believe it is going back to what worked. it worked when howard dean had the majority and he stood up to washington and said we are going to fund it and the people at the said no, no. we want the money. and he said no. and we won in 2006 and we won in 2008. they will won in 2009 when the fight came. and they took the money away. and we have lost, we have lost, and we've lost again. how we going to afford that? you add up about 300,000 that would give you five or six staffers for every state party that could build a ground operation all across their state. we transferred $15 million last year to the ds and the dcc and there is. >> all right.
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[ applause ] >> so i'll try not to repeat so many things that have been said that are so right. i'd like to add a couple things. one is this conversation happens about how do we reach out to white working class voters. i think now is the time all of us have to stand up and say, that cannot, must not and will not have anything to do with abandoning the core of racial and social justice that gives our party it's moral foundation p. we're a world where i fear that -- i call it the salad bar problem. we think the only way to speak to somebody is one group at a time. intersectionality. i'm a walking intersection altd american. i don't know exactly which caucus i'm supposed to go to first, second or third. if we only talk to one group at a time about only the issues that we think they'll only care about, if we only talk to the
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african-american about african-american issues, if we only talk to lgbt community about lbgt stuff, latinos i'm not [ speaking foreign language ] >> if we're only talking to people one at a time we're missing that we have universal val thoouz bind us all together. when the reality is african-americans pay for equal pay for equal work and people in the lgbt care about vote rights and the best answer i've seen to the salad bar problem is what i saw on saturday. when i was in south bend marching with the women of south bend in solidarity with the women of this country and around the world. that was a women's march. but it was a march for all of us. there were old people and young people and people of all colors. and i suspect some people from different political parties. we were all united. and i think solidarity not isolation is the way that we can move forward as a party.
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[ applause ] >> joy, you asked the question, you know, which group should we target and then you identified the percentages who voted for our candidate. the truth is there's a whole lot of people who should have been voting for us who don't show up in those statistics because they didn't vote at all and the truth is we have a very serious turnout problem in the democratic party. in detroit where i was born and raised. i represent minnesota now, 100,000 fewer people voted this time than in 2012. because we're not going to the doors and knocking on people and talking to them about their basic core needs. now in the fifth congressional district of minnesota even though people might say we're say safe seat, we campaigned like we're ten points behind every single election and as a result we had i would average about 150,000 votes in 2006 and
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now we got 250,000 in the last election and because we got people out to vote who haven't been voting, we were able to keep minnesota blue in a year when a wave swept over wisconsin and michigan. so the thing is instead of just saying what percentage voted for which category which voted for the democratic, let's go get some people who have been ignored by the democratic party by knocking on their door. this really -- let me tell you this really is the key. steve phillips wrote a great book, brown is the new white. i'd recommend you all read that book and let me just tell you, he identified my district about page 129, some where around there about how in 2014 the state of minnesota we had a 3% dip in turnout but my district had a 5% increase in turnout and because of it we were able to
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see our governor stay democrat, attorney general, governors. i got some minnesotaens here. so this is really -- the truth here's the simple fact the democratic party ignores the blue states and ignores the red states and goes to the swing states. so you start -- so who feels left out? everybody. and so there's no excuse with all that money that we're not putting money into black media. latino media, native american media. there's no excuse to not running ads or latino, black radio. there's no excuse for all the money that we spend that we're not taking it and deploying it out of washington to the people. we got to take it from the consultant and give it to the people of this country and that's how we're going to win. [ applause ] >> thank you very much.
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now while you all spurned my statistics. i do love a number. the reality is that that sounds really good and you all sound very good and i think that's important but racially polarizing voting is the reality in the united states. and that just a fact, right? and that democrats have invested heavily in trying to win over in the clinton campaign invested in trying to win over particularly white college educated women. they invested their resources there and my question, which all of you very skillfully evaded, was whether they made a mistake in not devoting more resourc resources -- so i'll come to you, i think they said, yes they made a mistake. but i'm going to come back sally to you again because the question is, whether or not the
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dnc, ccc and the clinton campaign were in error in devoting so many television commercials to our kids our watching, not enough television commercials to african-american radio as keith ellison said. so many resources to try to win over, you know, white voters in arizona and based on donald trump's, you know, poor standing among americans and not enough in jeo tv in cleveland. whether that was an error. >> i think definitely think the way that those resorgss twargtsed didn't work. we didn't win the election at the end of the day. we need to make sure that we're reaching out and lifting up the voices of people who don't traditionally. white people we hear from all the time. and they get targeted all the time. we need to make sure we're targeting those resources when they need to be targeted. i will say that they needed to spend all the of the money on television that they did. when you knock on a door. i don't pick certain doors to
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knock on. i knock on all the doors on that block. and i pick those neighborhoods out based on the places we need to go. we need to spending more time in rural america. more time in our communities of color where we can lift people up and get them involved in the process. we can't just say that we're diverse and leave huge swaths of people out of our communities. >> i'll make the question more specific for you one of the other complaints that you hear from voters of color was that the democratic party, the clinton campaign, the dnc were not focused enough on the issue of voter suppression and there was not a -- in places like north dakota and wisconsin where the dnc was essentially absent do you feel that was the case. >> voter suppression is the civil rights issue of our time. we have to understand, folks, that this is and always will be part of the playbook. why is it part of the playbook
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because it works and part -- the secretary of state of ohio is a full employment act for civil rights lawyers. they purge voters and then by the time you win the suit it's too late. in north carolina by the time we won the suit, it was too late. and as a result you look at african-american turnout, it wasn't as good as it was in 2004. it wasn't as good when the president was on the ballot but even lower than it was when john kerry was on the ballot in 2004. the list goes on. that's why -- and we have some really good folks at the dnc who are working on this but it's a group of three or four people. you can't go to a knife fight way spoon. and that's what we're currently doing right now. and that's why what i call for in my platform is we need to
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establish an office of voter protection and engagement. both offense and defense. you've got voter purges. americans abroad are victims of voter purjz and these are wrong and they're illegal. and then the whole voter i.d. law in the state of texas. if you're at the ut austin that i.d. doesn't count. if you got your concealed carry license that counts. that is wrong. the voter i.d. law in texas was simply put there to make it harder for african-americans and latinos to vote, period. end of story. and so what we have to do is play offense and play defense. and that is exactly what i am calling for. organize played offense. vote by mail. we should have same day registration, universal voter registration when you turn 18
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years old that's what we should be doing day in and day out and we must make sure in addition to that to get back to your original question, i couldn't agree more and i think there's among this group if we take that $10 million tv budget and cut it to six and put that four into organizing and make sure it's a 12 month enterprise, we would've won arizona but instead there was a $3 million late ad by in october that didn't move the needle at all and if they had been spending that for a year in florida, the republicans invested for four years in organizing. they turned out about 120, 130,000 more voters because of that and what was their margin of victory for them, 110 or 115,000. that was a difference maker folks and when we do that we succeed. >> i'm going to jump around. i'm going to go to the congressman because i think you were more in the camp of saying
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it was a mistake but the statistics show that 23% right now of all eligible voters are progressive voters of color, progressive whites are about 28% of the electorate so together that adds up to 51% of the electoral ats. not able to carry toefr the finish line. you came to the 2016 election as a supporter of bernie sanders who was very popular among some of this audience and among these younger progressive voters. did the sanders team, did senator sanders do enough to activate those young voters of color and encourage them to vote because i think that the exit polls showed that they were some of the least attached when it came to the electorate. many of them voted third party. did the sanders' team err?
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>> there's a lot of that who didn't do what, who should have done more. clearly the -- i should've done more, everybody should have done more, right? i will say this, you know, when bernie sanders came to minnesota, i had some young people in my district say to me we want to talk to the candidates and i said, well i'll see what i can do. and i asked senator sanders would you come to a high school in the heart of the communities of color and talk to people. he said, i don't know. when would it be? it would be this time. are you inviting both candidates? yeah we are. so happened he did show up. packed out patrick henry high school and i think that at least in minnesota which went for senator sanders that was an important message. the young people there asked him some very tough questions. got in his face a little bit. he answered those questions in a
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forthright way and the fact is the outcome was that we did have an excellent outcome in that particular state. there is no one -- we have to work harder to talk directly to young people of color to turn them out. the mill len ideal community, the millennial generation is as big if not bigger than baby boomers right now. the millennial community of color is the winning combination and steve has said in his book this rising american electorate are enough to win the election if we we have to be knocking on every door, we have to spend money on community of color media, we have to spend money on social media so we talk directly to the needs of young people and young people of color. it is a matter of investment and it's a matter of time, but here's the deal. the reality is we haven't been
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doing much of that for anyone. if we want to win elections those investments have got to happen and they've got to happen now. so i'm happy that everyone is committed whether it's hillary clinton or whether it's bernie sanders and everyone that we have got to get involved and really prevamp the democratic party to make sure we are investing in young people and people of communities of color because that's how we're going to win. that's how we're going to win michigan and wisconsin, pennsylvania but also ohio, california and districts within there and that's the path forward. so thank you. >> thank you. i want to go to ray buckley on the question of as dnc chair, how would you, you hail from a state new hampshire which doesn't have a lot of people of color, what would be your plan to increase turnout and attachment among voters of color if you were dnc chair? >> i wanted to just reiterate
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something that we've all said but just want to make sure, there is not a word that any one of us is saying that we don't all agree with. and so what we're not doing is repeating the same lines over and over because there's so much that we really want to bring for it. in 1985 in the midst of the aids crisis i felt i had to do something for my community. so many of my friends were going to a funeral a week for over a couple years so i was one of the original found rsz of the citizens alliances for gay and less bion rights in new hampshire. all we were doing is talking and that's not what i'm about. i'm not about talking, i'm about doing. so i ran for the legislature in 1984 and became one of the openly gay legislatures in. 2014 when republicans were winning across in new hampshire, our turnout for democrats went
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up 3% when it was down 3% countrywide. we re-elected our governors and cut all our losses in half. this year, this year, where they talk about millennial vote being down it was up in new hampshire. it was up because we have that grassroots operation that every single state, every single congressional should have. we have that, we have an entire female congressional delegation. now that is an important thing as we're fighting against donald trump. but we barely won because it wasn't of any help what was happening from coming from washington. and so what we need to do is take what we're doing, statewide in the state of new hampshire where turnout is up and people are included and people are involved and make sure that that
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happens everywhere. when it comes to people of color, i'm absolutely going to reject and i think everyone that we need to do either/or. it is about having a conversation, every community, every community. mill threatenials, african-americans, white working class, lgbt, latino. everyone believes that the democratic party is not talking to them. because they're not. because we're not. because it's the washington insiders that are spending millions, hundreds of millions over a billion dollars in tv ads and sending nothing back to the states. and what's happening is nobody's having interaction. can you imagine if we literally hired hundreds if not thousands of organizers to go across in every congressional district, doesn't matter deep blue or deep red, everywhere, we're having a conversation with people so that we know what they're talking about, and we're hearing. we need to flip the dnc upside
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down. the grassroots should be on top and it should be about the people deciding what the party should be about and we need to make sure -- mentioned a little bit making sure the staff isdiv the membership of the dnc and state party is diversified, and our contacts, it is absolutely essential. it's absolutely essential we do that because there are so many young people of color that are not being offered the opportunities they deserve because they are the future of the democratic party and if we ignore them and do not bring them in or train them and empower them, they will go elsewhere and we can't afford to do that if we want to have a progressive majority in the future. [ applause ] >> mayor, what would be your plan to increase turnout among voters of color? as dnc chair? >> first i think the solutions aren't going to come from washington. they are going to come from our communities. let me tell you what we did in south bend. my experience day to day governing and also politically
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is that the progressive mayor from a blue-ish city in a purple county in a very very red state, mike pence is indiana, and we have been able to succeed not just my own re-election getting 80%, which is not something we achieved through idealogical centrism or triangulation, it's a priority and goal to make sure we won in every district, including the majority districts, which is a diverse city. we did it through old fashioned organizing, making sure we were reaching out to people where they were and making sure we were speaking to them with a message that spoke to their needs but spoke to higher values and our organizing success since then is based on the same ideas it's how we made sure the first african american city clerk, the second highest city office in south bend got elected after we worked really hard to support her through the same tactics and how we made sure in the last election as we were facing the wave that came our way in 2016
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that we were able to get the first african-american representative to represent our area in the state house in a long time. uaw leader, by the way. in a district that was far from strongly democratic. how did we do it? strong message tied to our values and strong organizing tactics rooted in the needs of the local community, not driven by a cookie cutter approach or applied from the top down. talking how these things would affect people's actual lives. it doesn't matter where you put media spending if you're not talking about values. people vote their values. they turn out for what they believe in. i believe we need to get back to the values that make us democrats, including values we haven't been as comfortable talking about on our side of the aisle like freedom. but who can say you're free if you're not able to exercise your right to vote? who can say you're free if you're living with crushing student debt? we can't be the party when they say the system is rigged, we say the system is perfectly fine. we have to be the ones to point
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out they are the ones that rigged it. [ applause ] >> same when we talk about the things we always talk about like fairness and families and talking about the future. we can't just assume the new american majority will be for us just because. if we assume that people of color are going to vote for us because we have a "d" next to our name, that is the definition of taking people for granted. >> absolutely. >> we need to not only win but deserve to win and only with that message in the right place will the tactics and organizing and all those other pieces come into place, too. [ applause ] >> all right. i want to give jamie and jamu a chance to answer how they ' would increase turnout among voters of color. jamie, you're in a state with a very large african-american population that is essentially a frustrated vote because percentage-wise there are more african-americans in south carolina than michigan but they are not able to affect state-wide elections in the same
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way. what would be your plan to improve turnout among voters of color, all voters of color. >> thank you, joy, for that. so the democratic party has to transform itself. we have become a political organization that basically goes out and begs for votes every two or four years and we do that through tv and we do it through mail and radio. but what we need to do is go back to what we used to be which was a grassroots organization that was in the communities helping people solve the issues that they are facing on a day to day basis. so, you know, when i grew up in rural south carolina, my mom was 15 years old when she had me. 15, 16 years old. she had to drop out of high school in order to take care of me. she had to find a job. jobs are hard to come by. and so it used to be one of those things back in the day where you could reach out to
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your city councilman or your congressman or your senator and say i need your help. i need your help because i've lost my home. i need your help because i've lost my job. my mom did that. she reached out to both of our senators at that time. it was hollins and thurmond. well, we laugh about strom thurman but it was his office who made some calls and my mom got a job shortly thereafter. my mom never forgot that. because the most important thing to her was her little baby boy. and this politician helped her be able to take care of him. that is what we have to get back to in the democratic party. so when i became chair understanding that connection, again, it's all about trust. understanding that connection, i decided to launch a program. we call it south carolina democrats care.
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so on inauguration day, instead of just rallies and protests, what did we do? we went out all across the state of south carolina doing service efforts. service activities across the state. from blankets for the homeless to tutoring of young kids, homeowner workshops, resume building skills. when we are able to prove to people democrats aren't in power in south carolina but when people see that we're in their communities helping them address the issues that are pressing and in front of them, that is how you change the minds. that is how you change the hearts of people. so when we talk about what we need to do in order to get folks out, we have to once again prove to people that we are fighting for them. that we're on their side and have their back and until we do that, we'll continue to talk and
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have these forums, scrapping scratching our heads, why aren't these people voting for us? they aren't voting for us because they don't believe we're for them and until we do that, until we transform this and transform the function to what the dnc does, we're going to continue to have these academic conversations. thank you, guys. [ applause ] >> jamu, same thing, what would you do? what would be your plan to increase turnout among voters of color? >> i definitely agree with jamie this is a transformational moment we're facing in the democratic national committee and a lot of people have asked why did i get into this race about 11 days ago? one of the reasons i got in was as i watched the race develop and i watched the dnc's rules and by-laws committee put together how this process would be decided, i was really disappointed that the democratic party did not take the opportunity after our losses in 2016 and give y'all a voice in
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this election. and that is what needs to happen. we need to revolutionize how we elect our leadership at the dnc and revolutionize how we engage with millennials. i think it was secretary perez talked about 2004 and john kerry, on top of the ticket. not necessarily a charismatic candidate. do you know how that increase happened in 2004? i'm sorry, at the risk of sounding trumponian, it was because under my leadership at rock the vote, we engaged with millenials in ways using technology and innovating our communications with them where we saw an 11% increase in turnout of young voters. that's what the democratic party needs to do and that's why in this transformational moment, we need an organizer leading the dnc. that is what we need to tap into in 2004 it wasn't the democratic party, it wasn't john kerry's campaign who rolled their eyes
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at me at the beginning when i said young people were going to be mobilized in ways that they had never seen before, and then days before the election, they came back and said we're counting on young people. they went from rolling their eyes to i'm counting on you. you know why? outside groups spent $40 million engaging young people. rock the vote implemented online voter registration and gave away the free for allies. the democratic national committee needs to spend $40 million a year engaging millenial voters and this is what i would do as dnc chair. we also need to invest in state parties. there is a lot of conversation about the 50 state strategy. they need to have the technology, the staffing, the training, the resources, the shared services, all of those things are important but we also need to revolutionize state parties so they become hubs of innovation for young people to go in, learn concepts about
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disruption, learn the concept of failing up. try a lot of things. throw a lot of efforts at them and fail up. this is what happens with the entrepreneurial spirit that the millenial generation can bring to the democratic party. we need to make sure state parties are those hubs of innovation. we also need to make sure we are training an army of messengers. an army. we put forward so many of our elections officials in front of the camera, at the microphone, on the podium, on the stages. guess what? the republicans what they do is train young people and give them resources and provide a foundation for them and they release them on to the world. and we need to do the same thing. it cannot be the same faces talking about the values and principles and policies that are life or death issues for our generation. so it is time that we said it's great politicians, y'all's faces look real nice but we're going to put young people in front of
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that camera. they will be at the mic, podium and stage. the democratic party has an opportunity in this process. i do think that we have to acknowledge that if we don't take advantage of this opportunity as an organizer, i hate the opportunity costs of not tapping into an organizing moment. if we do not take advantage of this opportunity to transform the party, we may never get it again. that's going to take someone that understands brand management, which i have done in ways as an organizer at rock the vote and in the private sector. this is the time we can do something new. i look to the young people in this audience and it saddens me you don't have a vote in this process. maybe there are some dnc members here. i see my old roommate from the afl-cio, you have a vote. maria, you have a vote. how many people in this room do
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not have a vote in this process? we can change that. we should have changed that. those are the types of ideas i would bring to the dnc. [ applause ] >> i think sally raised her hand. you raised your hand, as well. very interesting. another fun statistic on speaking of millennial voters millenial voters have officially surpassed baby boomers as the largest voting bloc in the country. so they are now the largest voting bloc. my generation, generation x, will pass boomers by 2028. this is increasingly a conversation not just about african-american and hispanic and asian american voters but about young voters of color because they are so numerous in those younger generations. let's talk about some of the issues that younger voters really care a lot about. obviously, we have a new justice department coming that could make black lives matter protests a lot more charged and a lot
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more difficult. i described it as john lewis with no rfk from the '60s. what should the dnc's messaging strategy be regarding black lives matter? i'll start at the other end. how should the dnc message black lives matter. >> the dnc has to acknowledge black lives matter are responding to urgent social and justice problems in our country. black lives matter cropped up because of mass incarceration, you know, trayvon martin's execution, all these sort of social problems that i've worked on as a lawyer and young activist my whole life. and what i would say the dnc needs to do is offer itself and make itself into the kind of place that black lives matter feels it can channel its
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electoral energy. so for example, demonstration is absolutely key, i believe in it, i've done it my whole life and i'll do it some more. i also know you have got to have some legislation to go with that demonstration that you're seeking that will ultimately result in a change of law. just like john lewis was fighting for the 1965 voting rights act, the 1964 civil rights act. you got to have the demonstration has to result in legislation or you end up with a whole lot of frustration. so that's the real key. how can we get black lives matter but also fight for 15 in the union, the immigration struggle, the, all of this great energy that is out there and say look, we'll prove ourselves worthy of your vote. your electoral energy and do it by including you in leadership.
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we'll do it by work -- helping you form our platform and writing our platform and we'll do it by making sure you know if you put your time, your energy into helping democrats get elected, you will see the reforms that you are protesting for. that is the way that we engage. >> all right. mayor. >> again, when i speak about the values that make us democrats one of the core values i talk about is fairness. fairness is justice and we have a crisis of confidence right now, a crisis of trust between the communities of color in places like south bend and every other city in the country and the law enforcement officers who are sworn and trusted to protect their lives and that's a matter of moral urgency. it's not a partisan issue but let's be real about this. one party is a little more
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attentive to those concerns than the others. especially at a moment like this. the scary thing is up until now confronting these issues head on in south bend and i can tell you as a mayor, this is a real challenge. i was pleased today to get the numbers in from my police department and see the uses of force were down and citizen complaints were down, partly because my police chief understands we don't measure success by how many arrests are made. part of how we measure success is by whether we are driving use of force down, even when calls of service went up, and citizen complaints. that shows that we're doing the right thing but up until now, we had friends in washington to help give us the frame work to do it. we're doing it at home. again, the work has to be done from the ground up. organizing-wise or politically. or in the government, too. it sure does help when you know that washington cares. the task force on 21st century policing that this president convened and i sent my police chief to, changed the entire
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conversation about what it means to authentically build relationships of trust between communities of color and the law enforcement community. right now, i'm afraid we can't count on washington caring one bit. that is an emergency. that makes the job of every mayor whose most important function is to hold the community together so much harder. and never mind the mayor's view, ' it makes life harder because our communities can't be held together the way they ought to be. all of us need to be engaging. movements, not for the perspective only how it's going to benefit us politically. people can see through that quickly but at the level of our shared values so that the leaders in these movements understand that we are authentically delivering solutions to make sense for them and if there is ever a question about that, look no further than the new attorney general of the united states. >> ray buckley.
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>> yes, black lives matter. >> i'm not sure there is an issue that makes me more angry then when you have news media and right wing folks somehow changing the subject. if you are supportive of black lives matter, it doesn't mean you don't believe that other lives matter less or more. it is ridiculous for how it has been spun. and why i am so passionate is let me just tell you a little bit about what happened to me on election morning. we were all grieving and i was shocked that america elected donald trump. i could not believe -- i got home around 4:00 in the morning. but at 6:00 in the morning i was woken up. i saw that it was my niece tanesha. what had not even processed in
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my mind when i was so upset about what the results were, how she was going to as a young african american 20-year-old, how she processed what happened the night before and she was sobbing so hard i couldn't understand at first what she was saying and i kept saying, what is wrong, what is wrong? she goes, uncle raymond, you have to get me out of here. she feared for her safety by what happened on election day. now, until all of america understands the fear that is out there, the justified fear because of what we're seeing happen across the country, to african american lives, we're never going to be able to move this country forward. it is important. i never again want to ever get a call from the "today" show like that. it was a soul crushing experience for me because when tanesha was saying get me out of this country because my life is in danger because she had that
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overwhelming fear, that is something that it is not just certain cities. it's not just certain parts of the country. that fear is all across the country. it's even in rural new hampshire. so when people say black lives matter, you are damn right they matter. >> jamie harrison. i'm going to ask everybody to be mindful of time. we got a lot to get through. >> you know, sometimes, you know, we get a little pc in this party. >> a little? >> folks started talking about identity politics and all this and all that. i've been a black man my entire life, and my experience as a black man that grew up in south carolina. few miles down the road where walter scott was shot. you know guys, for a lot of folks, all this is new. let me tell you, if you're a black person, particularly a black person and most of us all
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got family in the south, this stuff has been going on for generations. [ applause ] >> juries where the evidence is plain and clear but yet, the people get off not guilty. going on for decades, this is not new. where i am taught as a little kid to be wary of certain police officers. when i'm in my car driving and the blue light comes behind me, maybe not pulling me over but to see it, fear goes through my body, goose bumps on my arm. and to have folks dismiss that. dismiss that fear. dismiss the feeling and to say oh, that's just only in your mind, but you see it time and time and time again. i remember the first time i
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learned about emmet till and i remember going home and looking in the mirror and this round face reminded me of his. my friends, this party, this party, it should be no question this party embraces, acknowledges and fights to say that black lives matter. [ applause ] a party in which hillary clinton got 88% of the vote from that community. barack obama 95% of the vote. the most loyal constituency in the democratic party. so we got to stand up and ask this party, you want us? you got to fight for us, too. but yes, if i am chair, we know black lives will matter. [ applause ] >> can i steal that line from
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jamie? look, black period, lives period, matter, period. as dnc chair what can any of the candidates up here do to support this movement? as someone who has spent the last six and a half years on pox news debating and fighting with conservatives that don't know anything other than to lie for a living, i've been able to win with the truth. we have a serious communications and messaging problem in the democratic party. we need to start by making sure that our party, our activists, our elected officials, our leaders, understand what implicit bias is. we need to have a real conversation about implicit and explicit bias and institute that in our training programs, institute that into how we
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recruit candidates, institute that within the framework of the staff and the teams and the dnc members who will be deciding this election. that's something that the dnc chair can do. the other thing the dnc chair has to do is hold the media accountable. because implicit bias comes from the media images that make not just people out watching fox news, but all over the world, scared of when they see jamie harrison and that has to be called out. the media is not always our friend and that is something that i bring to this debate where i understand the games they play, and i'm not going to play them anymore. as a democrat, this is our opportunity to say you, as media elites, as these cable news networks, profited off of the 2016 election and delivered us this nightmare in the white house. we're not taking it anymore. training not just democrats on
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implicit bias, training not just our elected officials on implicit bias, but holding the media accountable so that this is a long-term strategy that we can shift the conversation, change the conversation around how black people are reflected in this country, and that is something the dnc chair can do. [ applause ] >> tom perez? >> of all the questions you have asked tonight, this is the one that's most personal for me. because i spent the bulk of my career working on issues of police reform. i prosecuted an lapd officer pre-rodney king. i had hair and no replacement parts and i saw a toxic culture in that department. when i had the privilege of coming back to the department of justice, we ended up negotiating more consent decrees in my three and a half years there than had
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been done in the previous 15 years or so that that law existed. consent decrees in seattle, consent decrees in portland, new orleans, albuquerque, cleveland, so many other cities. and i learned a few things from those experiences, folks. the first thing i've learned is we live in a world of false choices. you either have respect for the constitution, or we have law and order. that, my friends, is a false choice. we ask the wrong questions. in the aftermath of the unrest we saw earlier this year, you'd see donald trump and jeff sessions saying, you know, what side are you on? are you on the police's side or are you on the community's side? that's the wrong question. i have spoken to hundreds of law enforcement officers. they tell me if you don't have the trust of the community as a police officer, you ain't got shit. that's what they tell me.
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you know what, folks? those consent decrees were hard. i had democrats, frankly, who at times didn't want us to do this. okay? so it wasn't just republican opposition. i had democrats who didn't want us to do this. we were able to succeed because we had the community behind us. people causing what john lewis calls good trouble whether it's the black lives matter movement. whether it was the naa in arizona. with joe aur pie arpaio, the former sheriff of arizona maricopa county. we had the community behind us. without the community, you can't do anything in this space and i learned a lot from that. that is true in the voting context, as well and that is why whether it's the black lives matter movement or whether a
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remarkable coalition in phoenix, the remarkable coalition in los angeles that brought about police reform including law enforcement, we cannot paint with an unduly broad brush. i met so many courageous police chiefs who said it's a pox on our house when we are not taking care of this issue and when we don't have a police department that reflects the community. [speaking foreign language]. how can you help the latino community when you don't have latino officers? kind of hard to communicate in my experience. that's why we need a police force, law enforcement that reflects the community. that's why we need a business community that reflects america. that's why we need as sandra day o'connor said, we need all
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pathways of leadership to be visibly available. this is the unfinished business of america. civil rights, that's what ted kennedy said and he was right and the dnc needs to reflect that. we need to reflect that in everything we do. i heard from time to time people say this ain't a policy job. this is absolutely an organizing job, this is absolutely a change management job and i think it is important for the dnc to understand policy and voting rights, policy and policing because if we want to be a player in this, we need to have a little bit of depth in this substance so that we can be a meaningful player. and my entire career has been about civil rights and labor rights and been about what they did, the march on washington. it was a march for jobs and justice and a march that said sanitation workers just because you pick up trash doesn't mean you can be treated like garbage. i have worked on the back of a trash truck and folks on the
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back of a trash truck should treated with dignity. everyone should be treated with dignity. as jamie and others so eloquently point out, we ain't there yet as a nation. and we have to do this. and the dnc needs to lead the charge. side by side with the black lives matter movement. side by side with nclr and side by side with progressive leaders in law enforcement that tell me time and time again i'm glad you were there. i'm scared to death of a justice department under jeff sessions. because you know what? he doesn't believe in these consent decrees and these consent decrees change lives. i got a call from a person, a police officer in portland. they had -- they had a series of incidents involving fatal shootings of people with mental illness. that's what brought us in there. i got a call after our consent decree that said we saved a life today because they were properly trained and equipped to do their work and that was because of the
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work so many people did. this stuff is way personal for me. and the reason i'm so excited about what happened this weekend is this stuff is way personal for everyone across america. they are waking up and we got to turn this moment into a movement and we can't do that unless the dnc is firing on all cylinders. it ain't right now. but i'm confident it will be. >> black lives matter and it makes me sad that we're even having that conversation and that tells me that white leaders in our party have failed. we have to accept there is prejudice that exists within our own party and we have to be able to have that conversation. we cannot sweep that under the rug. we cannot continue to hide it. we cannot smash voices down when they are trying to scream, listen to me, you don't get it. i'm a white woman.
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i don't get it. i am pleased and honored to be here today to have the conversation. i am so excited that we're here. and i'm listening. because that's my job. my job is to listen to the issues. [ applause ] my job is to listen and be a voice and shut other white people down when they want to interrupt. my job is to shut other white people down when they want to say oh, no, i'm not prejudiced, i'm a democrat, i'm accepting. my job is to make sure that they get, that they have privilege and until we shut our mouths and we listen to those people who don't and we lift our people up so that we all have equity in this country, so that we are all fighting alongside each other, so that we are all on the same page and we clearly get where we're going, we're not going to
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break through this. this is not just rhetoric. this is life or death. this moment in our country, the democratic party has the opportunity to do something different. we have the opportunity to really confront the fact that we have not been in alignment with our values. we've been talking a lot of smack. we need to make sure that our actions and our words and our values all match and around the issue of race we are so far out of alignment, i don't even know the way back, but i am listening and asking and talking to people. i am talking to people of color because you have the answers, you can tell me as a leader what i need to do and that's exactly what i'm going to do. is continue to have those conversations and continue to talk to people and make sure that every single system in our party is designed to give power back to the people. all people but especially those people who have been disenfranchised in our country since our country started.
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so please, please, please, please this is a conversation i want to have and i am from idaho. we are so white. [ laughter ] so white. right? i've been reaching out and trying to connect to anybody of color i can find to be honest with me. [ laughter ] i am not a politician. i am a human being trying to do good work and i can't do it without y'all. so please, please, please, get ahold of me. sally at we the i need schooling and i depend on you and the people around our community to do that so that i can go school the other white people. we need it. [ laughter ] >> thank you. all right. >> i wanted to say -- >> very quickly. >> jamu hit this right on. the thing we're missing in this party is training. we pulled people in that are volunteers. they don't know anything and we send them out to have conversations with people, hard conversations.
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we promote them to chair of a party where they have power and they have no clue what they are doing. we have to at the dnc provide training. we have to teach them how to communicate. how to be sensitive and how to shut their mouths if they are white. so i think i made my point. >> i think so. i'm going to just let you guys know we're running short on time so now i'm going to have to really have economy of time on the answers. i'm going to make these really simple. let's do a show of hands question. i love show of hands question. >> no, no. >> we do, too. >> show of hands question. one of the big debates in the way the party opens is open or closed primaries. i'll ask each of you not to talk but raise your hand if you believe democratic primaries philosophically should be open. >> oh. >> open primaries. >> she said philosophically. >> open to what? >> open as opposed to independents being able to vote
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in open primaries or closed, where only registered democrats vote in them. so open primaries raise your hand again. closed primaries. >> i think it's up to the states. >> philosophically. philosophically. >> philosophically, i don't think you can have a one size fits all approach. >> does anybody believe it should be closed? very quickly. >> joy, in south carolina we have open primaries but what happens sometimes is republicans cross over into our primaries, particularly in majority african american counties. they will pop up somebody and that person is the clone when we all know that they are republican. that's why i'm hesitant -- >> yes or no question. >> let me ask something -- >> very quickly. >> the idea of the fear behind not having open primaries is because the democratic party has not done a good enough job of making young people and all people connected to this party, a "d" by your name and that is
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why we have to rebuild this party not just from the grassroots up but also under why stand the damage that's been done to our brand. if we fix the brand of the democratic party, the fear of open primaries would go away but these are the steps we have to take very strategically and in the sense of bringing an organizing mind to this problem. >> very quick. we don't have a ton of time. is there anyone who believes that democratic party has fallen down on voting registration without closed primaries there's no incentive to register more democrats? anybody believe that? >> we want to register people who are going to vote democrat whether they are in a closed system or not. >> let's go on to the next one. is there a question about the philosophical bent of the party and which direction it will take, without a president in the white house the dnc chair will be the most visible national democrat in the country. the question of whether or not the posture should be to work with donald trump where we can or fight him all the way. work with donald trump, raise your hand.
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>> that question is ridiculous. the chair of the democratic national committee doesn't work with the president. we are about building a strong party. we're not about taking positions and taking the role away of legislators. >> the rnc chair michael steele, he spent a large part of his time messaging against the democratic president. the party chair does message against the president. >> you saw the millions of people who marched in the streets this weekend they are looking to the democratic party whe have an opportunity to be that place of resistance. so we have to form a solid resistance as a party. no, it's not about working with donald trump. no, it's not about working with his bigotry. no it's not working with somebody who takes our health care away. we will miss opportunity if we do not provide a platform for those millions of people,
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millions of women -- >> i have to shorten you. quickly, tom perez. >> i think we should accord donald trump the same courtesy that mech mcconnell accorded barack obama which wasn't a damn bit of courtesy. >> the issue of -- i want to get to staffing and contracting. very quickly, this is literally three things. three bullet of how you can make come true the prediction there would be a surge of latino voters. the latino vote rose from 10% to about 11% of the electorate. we didn't see that surge. daca is on the table. there's a lot of fear running through the hispanic community. three bullet points how to increase latino turnout. >> you have to have latino candidates first and foremost. we have to recruit candidates.
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we need to make sure we are reaching into communities and recruiting from the communities when we're hiring people or investing any kind of money into communities. we need to get away from paying white workers to go out into communities of color where they don't belong and make sure that we're actually lifting people up in those communities. >> tom perez. >> organize, organize, organize. when we organize we succeed. we organized around issues, organize making sure you have people from the community organizing within the community. we saw it in yuma, arizona. border town. when they organized in '16 they won. when we do that and reflect our community, we succeed. joe arpaio is no longer the sheriff because we organized. >> we have to invest within the states where our base is growing, particularly the latino base. when even electoral impact victories are not going to be
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immediate. we absolutely have to have more latino candidates and replicate the type of work i have done through vote run lead to create a surge of candidates, specifically women, low income households, women of color, to create that surge and create the pipeline so that we are bringing those candidates in. not just lawyers, not just politicians. the third thing we have to do is we have to invest within latino media, latino consultants. not a little bitty on the side to make sure we checked off the box. they need to get the same resources that the white consultants have gotten and been able to push their agenda. >> jamie? >> i agree on the pipeline. we have, in south carolina, we created a clyburn fellowship where we are training the next generation of young people to run for office. my goal in recruiting this year is to make sure for the first time that i can think of in the democratic party in south carolina is to have a latino candidate on the ballot running state-wide in that state bus we
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have to do that. the second thing is the states where democrats control everything, the governorship and the legislature, use those as laboratories to fight back against the justice department and what donald trump and homeland security department are going to try to do to the latino community' in the coming years. '. >> raymond? >> the latino caucus of the democratic national committee does not even have a full-time staff person. two, the state party received money but are not required to have latino outreach program. if we stop spending money on corporate media we will have the ability to hire thousands of young latinos to work in their own communities and organize them, get them to register. >> mayor? >> register, organize, and recruit. when it comes to registration, if you go to pete for, see what is in my biased opinion the most thorough and detailed
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platform for dnc chair, you can see some ideas how we drive better results on registration. organize. that means making sure we actually show up in every part of every community and organize around the issues that are going to affect people and recruit. this is something i'm surprised hasn't come up yet. i'm not just talking about candidate recruitment. you got to do that. for us we started with school board. then we had the latino nominee for attorney general in indiana this last year. we have to do that for recruiting. at the operative level, not everybody can afford to take a summer or semester for an unpaid internship. so if we want to be a party that looks like the people we are trying to turn out we better make sure we are providing the resources to do that. that's part of what i mean by recruiting. >> congressman? >> we need to invest in latino media all over the country. we need to train and recruit in advance latino candidates and staff members all over the country and of course, we absolutely need to -- i think we should identify states where we
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know if we take that state it would make a profound statement. we need a very powerful dnc driven texas project, for example, flip texas and that will send a profound statement but not just only texas, but that state alone would send a signal to the trumps of this world and to the latino community and everyone that the democratic party is on the side of inclusion, reform, comprehensive immigration reform and empowerment. >> he want to get aimee to make sure we are not going over time. i want you to end your closing talk about how to diversify the staffing, and contracting. you have touched on it a little bit. what could dnc do differently as chair? >> one of the things i talked about in my blueprint is a concept of multiplicity. we need to get out of the idea
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of affirmative action where you're checking boxes. i think that's really really important. we need to open up to people who are actually making the decisions. i recommend having a hiring committee that has the different groups of people we need on to in our party so they are making decisions on how we go through and hire staff. things that are worth doing are sometimes cumbersome but if we are going to give power back to people we need to start doing things that take a little more time because they're the right thing to do. >> i do what i've done at the department of labor, department of justice before that, and that is making sure you are hiring the best and the brightest. take a look at my track record everywhere i have gone. make sure before you buy things you know you have a diverse cadre of folks who are out there to purchase them. this job is a turn-around job at scale.
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it requires someone who can take the fight to donald trump, it requires someone who can help organize, it requires someone who knows how to turn around a complex organization at scale. the $45 billion, 17,000 employee department of labor was one such example. that's what we need here, folks. we have a lot of agreement on what we need to do here. what i have been able to do in the jobs that i have had the privilege of doing is make sure we implement and make sure those turn-arounds actually occur. that's why i'm out here asking for folks' support. >> just to clarify, is this our closing? >> it appears to be. >> look, i have been saying throughout this process that i'm the only candidate that understands the dnc from the inside out. i worked as a staffer at the dnc. i understand the barriers put in front of young people of color who have magically found their way within that institution.
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i invite each of you to go to my website, jamu for where we put up a video of me in 2006 at the african-american leader summit where we speak truth to power within the dnc itself. that is the type of person we need in the chair because there entrenched forces within state parties and our national party that stop the power from being shared amongst young people. not only do we have to make sure we are recruiting from a talented diverse work force but that when they come within our party, they aren't given basically meaningless position, not access to the power tables, and given the chance to rise up through leadership. it is going to take someone who understands the dnc and state parties from the inside out to really tap into this transformational opportunity. that's what i bring to the table not taking the bs that even ourselves as democrats have put and the barriers we put in front
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of young people. >> my staff will kill me if i don't say this. jamie for dnc listen, at age 29 i was the first african-american and the youngest person to be executive director for the house democr democratic caucus. at age 30 i was the first african-american to be whip director for the whip operation. bottom line is this, we have to stop particularly with the consultants. you cannot come to the dnc and get a contract and the only minority face that you have is the person that answers your phone. fp you want a contract you need to have an operation where you train the next generation of folks so they can do the media, they can do everything else'. ' we have to transform the entire party from the contractors to internal and i'm the person that can do that. >> ray for
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'read what i want to do as dnc chair but look what i've done. as state chair in new hampshire we always had a senior staff person, nearly 30 were african-americans last year. one of our dnc members from new hampshire is african-american. as head of the state chair's association i hired the first african-american woman to be the executive director of the association and our first director of training african-american woman. the leadership of the state chair's association are filled with african-american, latino and people of color and young people as well. that's what my record is that's what i will fill the dnc chair as well. >> i would make sure more diverse talent is recruited. there's framework reproducing activities and framework transforming activities. everyone on this stage pretty much wants the same thing.
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if you want to see why i believe i'm the right person, look at south bend. we have worked with the vendor base. and assumed responsibility by the way for how diverse the vendor base is in the first place. part of the solution is in this room. we have a lot of work to do. the party has to assume responsibility for that. if we are not living our values and walking the walk we will not be fataken seriously as a party for the next generation. >> congressman? >> you know friends, when democrats don't win elections, people get hurt. in ohio they're trying to take away a woman's right to choose. they are getting toward take away the affordable care act. every day the paper opens up and we see more harm that people are inflicting upon our people because we did not win elections. the chair of the democratic party supposed to get democrats
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elected and this means we have to increase turnout and win elections by reaching out to all people, especially including the black community, the brown community, young people, native communities, that means stand in solidarity with people, that means black lives matter, that means standing with the people and fighting to include the people, that includes the vendor base. i'm going to tell you, one of the big fights we have, i actually agree with jamu on this, we are battling the corporate-ocray. what do you think this money is spent on? it's not spent on grassroots organizing knocking on doors. we have gotten democrats elected not only in my own district but all over this country. we don't have any statewide republicans in minnesota, not any. let me just tell you, there's no republicans in the fifth congressional district at all. we have chased them all out.
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if the job of the democratic party chair is to get democrats elected, that is what i have done. i am the organizer who has done it and i have raised money all over this country, 50 states i have raised money from, over $1 million to my state party and multi millions to the democratic congressional campaign committee. keith ellison for chair. thank you. >> let's thank everyone. you can go to their websites and talk to them after. thank you very much. sorry we went a little over time. thank you all. wait. stay your seats for one second. we have one more thing to listen to. stay in your seats for one second. jessica burke, the floor is yours. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> i want to say thank you all so very much for being here. what can't we do together. nothing. my name is jessica bird. i have been privileged to be the campaign director for democracy in color campaign. this honestly started as an idea, as a call to action as what could be possible if we asked all the right questions and brought this conversation into the light. the only way this happened is because the willingness of you but also your passion and your excitement and dedication so this is the beginning of this conversation. this is the beginning of building our democracy in color brick by brick. we want you to stay with us, get louder, tell people how this conversation made you feel. we deserve to have leaders that we believe in. at democracy in color we believe this forum was really a love letter to you. was a love letter to your families. was a love letter to open and honest dialogue that says that
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your voices matter and we deserve to have the answers about the solutions that we need. so thank you, so much. please go to democracy in continue to tweet and we hope to see you in the resistance. [ applause ]
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